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Cabinet Maker Salary

Male Cabinet Makers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $16.86 per hour in the United States. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Cabinet Makers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to about two in five, and close to a sixth earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$26,174 - $72,985
(Median)
$26K
$41K
$73K
MEDIAN: $41,272
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90%

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$11.79 - $24.66
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$26,174 - $72,985  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,035  
Profit Sharing
$1,221 - $2,622  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,200 - $54,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.79 - $24.66  
   
Overtime
$16.19 - $34.05  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,035  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,221 - $2,622  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,200 - $54,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 456

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Job Description for Cabinet Maker

Cabinet makers work with a variety of materials, including wood, laminate, and steel. They work in both residential and commercial settings to build and install cabinetry and storage sections. In some situations, cabinet makers are also designers; in others, they are simply required to be able to read and follow blueprints and implement the vision of a designer or architect.

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Cabinet Maker Tasks

  • Trim and verify dimensions before fastening and adhering components; sanding, staining, sealing and painting surfaces; and adding hardware.
  • Cut and shape selected wood by operating power saws, planers, sanders, jointers, routers, and nailers.
  • Build cabinets with the aid of blueprints, specifications, and part calculations.
  • Prepare cost and time estimates in addition to conserving use of equipment and supplies.

Common Career Paths for Cabinet Maker


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Although some Cabinet Makers become Cabinetmaker Foreman, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $44K. As Cabinet Makers progress in their field, many go on to become Bench Carpenter Cabinetmakers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $39K per year. Another common career choice for Cabinet Makers is to move into a Kitchen Cabinet Maker role. Typically, Cabinet Maker, Kitchens get paid $35K.

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Cabinet Makers usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with CNC/NC, Cabinetry Installation, and Blueprints can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Blueprints, Cabinetry Installation, and CNC/NC.

Pay by Experience Level for Cabinet Maker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Cabinet Makers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $29K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $35K. Cabinet Makers see a median salary of $39K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Cabinet Makers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $42K.

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Experience Affects Cabinet Maker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Cabinet Maker Salaries

National Average
$37,000

CNC/NC
up arrow 7%


Blueprints
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 39% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 60%
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